JOYFUL TRAINS

Oykot

Service interval:
The Shinano Railway Kita-Shinano Line and the Iiyama Line: Nagano to Tokamachi Stations

  • Oykot
  • Oykot

Along the Iiyama Line flows the Chikuma-gawa River (Shinano-gawa River), and along the river lie village woods, fields and country homes.

This train was created around this concept of rustic Japan and bringing people to home villages, where the true heart of the Japanese people resides. Gazing at the rice paddies fading into the distance, passengers feel a sense of calm and healing. To help bring home the image of the home village, with its scenic rice paddies, rivers and mountains, this train was named Oykot, which is "Tokyo" spelled backwards. In Japanese, the name is written in hiragana as "Oikotto" (おいこっと).

Oykot pamphlet [PDF/2.8MB]

*Online seat reservation will be available from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 beginning at 5:30AM (JST) Online booking makes it easy! JR-EAST Train Reservation

Go inside with Google Street View

Go inside with Google Street View

Car interior

The relaxing interior is designed in the style of an old-style rural home to bring back childhood memories of visiting grandma during summer vacation.

the relaxing interior

The train has Oykot Attendants available to make sightseeing announcements, provide information, take commemorative photos and sell goods.

Note: There is generally one crew member per train.

Oykot Attendants

Those who join us on this Iiyama Line sightseeing train will receive a mini-pack of pickled nozawana. In the Shinshu area, eating pickles in ochazuke (rice with tea) is a custom, and passengers will hopefully have that feeling of returning to grandma's house in the countryside.

When the train is stopped at Iiyama Station, local goods are made available for sale, and locals may also have treats on board (during the outbound trip only).

Note: Different foods are offered in January and February.

a mini-pack of pickled nozawana

Notes:

  • If there is no attendant on duty, on-board sales are not available.
  • Refreshments are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Car layout

  • Iiyama
  • Nagano
  • Car no.2 38 passengers (Chikuma-gawa River side)
  • Car no.1 38 passengers (Chikuma-gawa River side)
  • Car no.2 38 passengers (Chikuma-gawa River side)
  • Car no.1 38 passengers (Chikuma-gawa River side)

Regular stops

Regular stops

Timetables

Route & Timetables

Route & Timetables

Notes:

  • The times and stops listed above are subject to change.
  • Note: When using the Oykot, a basic fare ticket and a reserved seat ticket are required. Reserved seat tickets are 520 yen for adults and 260 yen for children (during regular service periods).
  • Reserved seats go on sale at 10:00 one month before the departure date.

Calendar

Days marked with colored circles indicate the service days of the corresponding trains.

The Oykot (two-car configuration) The Oykot (one-car configuration)

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Notes:

  • Service dates are subject to change.
  • Service dates of the two-car and one-car configurations are subject to change.

How to purchase

Tickets for the Oykot are not available for sale outside of Japan. There are multiple ways to purchase tickets as follows.

Passes:
Purchase a pass that is for foreign visitors to Japan and covers the travel area. Recommended passes when visiting Japan
Tickets:
Available for sale at JR EAST Travel Service Centers and your local JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi).

Note: Not all services are available on certain trains when boarding with a pass or a ticket.

Online seat reservation

*Online seat reservation will be available from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 beginning at 5:30AM (JST)

Online booking makes it easy! JR-EAST Train Reservation